Gautam Gambhir said that Kohli is lucky that despite being unable to give the title to the team in the last eight years as captain, he has remained with the Royal Challenger Bangalore.
Former opener Gautam Gambhir feels Virat Kohli is not a ‘smart captain’. He believes Kohli cannot be compared to former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and in the limited overs format, the team vice-captain Rohit Sharma. In the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have won Indian Premier League (IPL) titles three times.
Gambhir, who made the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) champions in 2012 and 2014, said that Kohli is fortunate that despite being unable to give the title to the team in the last eight years as a captain, he will still be the Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) captain.
“Still a long way to go. I don’t see him as a shrewd captain or a tactful captain. And he hasn’t won the IPL. So ultimately a captain is only as good as his record till the time you don’t win the IPL. There are people who have won the trophy three times – MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So I think he has a long way to go. You cannot compare him to someone like Rohit or Dhoni at this stage because he has been part of RCB and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years and he has been very lucky and should rather thank the franchise that they stuck to him because not many captains have got such a long run where they haven’t won a tournament,”
Gambhir TOLD ON STAR SPORTS’ ANALYSIS SHOW AHEAD OF IPL 2019.
Virat Kohli is currently second in the IPL to score runs after Suresh Raina, but as captain, he has not been successful in getting his team even once. IPL is just 3 days away and official IPL 2019 schedule has been released yesterday.